*Bristol ChemLabS and Rednock School project wins the South West regional final of the Express Yourself Conference.

Gold Award Winners
Prof Guy Orpen presents certificates to students

Three students from Rednock School Laura Rodgers, Nikki Springer and Jennifer Pedrick won the South West regional final of the 'Express Yourself' conference on July 7th.

The South West conference is one of five regional conferences promoted by Sheffield Hallam University's Researchers in Residence initiative to encourage young people to study science-related subjects beyond the age of 16. The initiative is also supported by EPSRC and PPARC.

The three Rednock students have been working with their Chemistry teacher Tim Harrison, who will become a School Teacher Fellow at Bristol ChemLabS from September, and Dr Dudley Shallcross, Outreach Director for Bristol ChemLabS on the Climate Change in the Classroom project.

The students have been using novel fast response carbon dioxide detectors in a myriad of experiments at their school, from photosynthesis to kinetics. The students will go on to represent the region in the National Final at the Royal Institution on September 23rd 2005. The students have also qualified for their Gold BA Science Communicator Awards and these were presented to two of the students (Laura and Nikki) by the Head of the School of Chemistry Professor Guy Orpen. These two students are part of a group of 15 from Rednock School who are trialing some new AS/A-Level Chemistry practicals this week at the School of Chemistry. Bristol ChemLabS will be offering secondary schools the chance to carry out these practicals that support A-Level Chemistry but are impossible to carry out in schools, either because of lack of specialized equipment, timetable restraints or health and safety restrictions.

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